Seven-time NBA All-Sar Grant Hill is now one of the broadcasters calling the 2023 March Madness tournament alongside Bill Raftery and Jim Nantz.
While Grant’s success as a player for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and other NBA teams is well-known, fans might not know much about Grant’s life off the basketball court. He has been married to Tamia Hill since 1996, and the couple is still happily married with two children.
Please continue reading to learn more about Grant and Tamia’s romance and how they met nearly three decades ago.
Who is Tamia Hill?
On May 9, 1975, Tamia Marilyn Washington Hill was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. While her mother, Barbara Washington-Peden, is black, her father is white.
Tamia was raised in Canada with her mother and three younger brothers. She completed high school in Walkerville and then enrolled at the Walkerville Collegiate Institute in Windsor.
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Grant Hill Met His Wife Tamia
While Grant was shooting hoops, his future wife Tamia was competing in singing and dancing competitions in her hometown of Ontario, Canada, from a young age.
She signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records in 1994 and received her first Grammy nomination the following year.
Tamia met Grant in 1996 at the Soul Train Music Awards after one of Tamia’s famous friends, singer Anita Baker, introduced them. They dated for three years before getting married in 1999.
“We have so many meaningful wedding day memories that stand out,” the couple told People magazine in 2023. “But we both still laugh that we didn’t get to eat any of the reception food… We didn’t realize we hadn’t eaten until we boarded the limo after the reception to drive two hours from Battle Creek to Detroit because we had an early flight out the next morning for our honeymoon.”
Tamia and Grant Hill – How Did They Meet?
We sometimes forget celebrities are ordinary people too. They do everything we do, go through all our emotions, and sometimes struggle with life, just like we do.
When we learn about it, we relate to them and finally understand that their lives are not too different. Tamia, an accomplished singer, had difficulty meeting a good potential mate. Grant had the same challenges in life.
Thanks to singer Anita Baker, Tamia was sent on a blind date with Grant in 1996. The player was in Detroit then, and the two seemed to like each other after their initial meeting in the city. They began dating after figuring out that they were really into each other.
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